Saturday, 20 December 2014

knitted Christmas bauble

This week I have been enjoying a bit a 'me time; which still involved me knitting with wire and beads but this is for me for Christmas.
Having seen a few knitted Christmas baubles all with wool this Christmas, I then watched Kirstie Allsopp's 'Handmade Christmas' last week and seeing them actually being knitted I decided I wanted the challenge of attempting my own version,
.....and it was a challenge  After three failed attempts to get it started thanks to the wire being too thin at first then the needles constantly slipped out of the stitches and then I started knitting too tightly to try and stop the needles slipping out!
I finally sorted through these problems and watched the bauble take shape
Oh yes did I mention I used 5 needles!!!

Happy Christmas xxx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

More crocheted two-toned earrings

These crocheted wire and bead earrings will be heading to Gallery at 12 this afternoon along with some other items of jewellery - If you would like me to crochet you a pair please let me know your colour preference  - they are crocheted with silver plate wire and coloured enamelled copper wire threaded with tiny glass beads - I have a large choice of coloured wires to use so these are only examples of what I could crochet for you. I have added a Swarovski crystal pearl to the centre of each earring. The earhooks are silver plate but as always I can attach them to sterling silver ear hooks if preferred - the cost of earrings on plated hooks are £20 or £22 on sterling silver.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Friday, 5 December 2014

Knitted wire and glass bead Christmas tree earrings

Hot off my knitting needles - These fab Christmas Tree earrings - I am definitely going to have to knit myself a pair of these for Christmas  - the beads are threaded on randomly onto the wire so no two earrings will match - but I think that adds to the charm of them. These earrings hang from silver plate ear hooks, I can also make them on gold plate or even sterling silver hooks.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Beaded snowflake decoration making workshop

wow - what a morning  at Lily's Secret Vintage Tea Rooms - with some fabulous ladies making wonderful beaded snowflakes -
I wasn't sure how this morning would go as I had never provided a workshop to make these snowflakes before, My poster said 'make up to 5 snowflakes' I knew I could make 5 comfortably in the time but I wasn't sure if that would be the case with ladies who weren't used to working with wire, beads and pliers  - so I was very relieved when most made 4 - and one lady did actually manage to make 5 in the session!
I think the ladies were all very pleased with their makes - and what was fantastic was the amazing array of snowflakes created.
Some photos from today

and I have to say my lemon curd cake was spectacular - thank you Sarah!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Oh Christmas Tree sparkle

.... Not much sparkle today though, I couldn't have chosen a  more miserable, gloomy and grey day to photograph this tree, but as I only finished it last night and it is off to a Christmas tree festival this coming weekend it needed to be photographed today -
hopefully you get the idea
This is a one off ! - I have no plans to make any more as it took me 6 hours to make and very sore fingers and thumbs by the end of it

Monday, 24 November 2014

jewellery in shades of mauve

Today's new Mondays makes -
Just a couple more items to add to my stock for next weekends Christmas tree festival at Church Eaton

handmade beaded jewellery by Angela Smith

Monday, 17 November 2014

knitted metal wire rings

Yesterday I was asked if I had any of my knitted rings left - I do, they are in Gallery at 12 but most are too small or too large for the average finger and they are all knitted with plated wire - I have since decided that in future all my rings will be made with non plated metal so today I used a very fine sterling silver wire and a very fine bronze wire, both finished rings also have tiny glass beads and a Swarovski crystal pearl,

this weeks Mondays Makes - My new knitted rings  

some close up views of the knitted sterling silver ring

and here is the knitted  bronze wire ring

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Jewellery in Greens

Today's  Monday's makes are these items of green beaded jewellery -

The first is a made with green faceted and tiny glass beads, larger green acrylic beads and small silver plate beads and spacers - with a silver plate clasp

The second is a necklace with matching earrings made with glass faceted beads and tiny glass beads and small silver plate beads, the necklace has been made on nylon coated wire with a silver plate clasp, the earrings have silver plate ear hooks

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Thursday, 6 November 2014

beaded snowflake making workshop

Hi just a quick post to let you know that  I have two more workshops planned for this year - these will be a departure from jewellery as I will be offering you the opportunity to make your own beaded snowflakes in time for Christmas, please see the examples below. . these workshops will be held on Tuesday 2nd December 10.30am - 1pm and Saturday 13th December 1.30pm - 3.30pm - at Lily's secret Vintage Tea Rooms, Swan Pit just outside Gnosall, the cost will be £25 per person which includes all the materials, and tea or coffee with cake.You will be able to make up to 5 snowflakes and there will be a large selection of festive coloured beads to choose from. If you would like further information or to book your place on either of these workshops please contact me - I will be asking for a £5 deposit on booking